The Director’s Guild of Canada confirmed that the HBO TV show adaptation of The Last of Us will begin filming in 2021. Production will start in Calgary in July 2021 and end in June 2022. Like the game, the story will follow Joel and Ellie in a post-apocalyptic setting. [Thanks, CBC Canada!]
The Premier of Alberta commented on the production for The Last of Us‘ TV show during a Facebook livestream. The Premier stated, “[The production] will be the largest ever, I believe, film or television production in Canadian history.” This will be beneficial to the Canadian province’s economy, as confirmed by the press secretary for Jobs, Economy, and Innovation.
As for actors, The Last of Us TV show will star Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. People who have seen the Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian will recognize Pascal as the lead in that show. Others will recognize Ramsey from HBO’s Game of Thrones, as she played Lyanna Mormont.
Director of the game series Neil Druckman will write and executive produce the HBO adaptation along with Craig Mazin. Additionally, Mazin created HBO’s Chernobyl series and is also writing the Borderlands film. In an interview with BBC Radio, Mazin reassured fans that the upcoming adaptation will “enhance” the game’s story. Mazin also said that he is a fan of the games.
The most recent title in the series is The Last of Us Part 2, which is available for the PlayStation 4. It won seven awards on the PlayStation Blog GOTY Awards in December 2020.